Here is a new section of Family God Time: Daily Devos! In our family, we read the verses for the day while the food is being served for supper, and discuss the questions as we eat. We pray the prayer before we leave the table.
You can get the whole week of devotions in a pdf file here: Daily Devos Book Jesus Heals at Simon’s House 18
I hope this time will be a holy time for you and your family!
JESUS HEALS MANY AT SIMON’S HOUSE: MARK 1:29-39
PRAYER OF THE WEEK: Dear God, we thank you that you call us from death into lives of service. We ask that your love would create a healing community among us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
MARK 1:29 As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever visited a friend’s house before? What was that experience like? What do you think about the idea that Jesus had friends while he was on earth?
MARK 1:30-31 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever been in bed with a fever before? What was that experience like? What was it like to know that you were healed? What do you make of the fact that Jesus has the power to heal like this?
MARK 1:32-33 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever been to the doctor and waited in a waiting room? What was that experience like? Why do you think that the whole city gathered at the door to see Jesus?
MARK 1:34 And [Jesus] cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever wanted to go someplace where no one knew who you were? What made you feel this way? Why do you think that Jesus did not want people to know who he really was?
MARK 1:35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever wanted some time to yourself? What do you make of the fact that Jesus needed time to himself? When you pray, do you pray in a group or on your own? What are the benefits of each of these ways of praying?
MARK 1:36-37 And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”
QUESTIONS: Have you ever played hide and seek? What was that experience like? Why do you think that the disciples were hunting for Jesus?
MARK 1:38-39 He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever taken a long trip? What was that experience like? Why do you think that Jesus is always on the move?
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